(CelebrityAccess) — Chinese cinema had a big weekend at the box office with the debut of what has been called China’s first big-budget sci-fi thriller The Wandering Earth which opened to a cool $172.7M, according to estimates compiled by comScore.
The film, based on a short story by author Cixin Liu, recounts a high stakes bid to relocate the earth to save it from an unstable sun.
Wandering Earth’s high flying box office results included a limited opening in North America, where it was screened in twenty-two cities but did not find its way into the domestic top ten.
Another Chinese film, the sci-fi comedy Crazy Alien, also had a big debut this week, opening to $77.7M and featuring a largely American cast.
In North America, the Lego Movie 2: The Second Part debuted to a disappointing $35.0M and $53.1M worldwide.
The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, February 10, are below.
Wandering Earth, The – Multiple – $172.7M
Crazy Alien – Multiple – $77.7M
Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, The – Warner Bros. – $53.1M
Pegasus – Multiple – $52.4M
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Universal – $38.2M
Alita: Battle Angel – 20th Century Fox – $32.0M
Boonie Bears: Blast Into The Past – Multiple Chinese Distributors – $27.8M
What Men Want – Paramount Pictures – $19.0M
Extreme Job – Multiple – $18.2M
Green Book – Lionsgate – $15.0M
New King Of Comedy, The – Multiple – $14.9M
Cold Pursuit – Multiple – $13.6M
The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, February 10, are below.
Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, The – Warner Bros. – $35.0M
What Men Want – Paramount – $19.0M
Cold Pursuit – Lionsgate – $10.8M
Upside, The – STX Entertainment – $7.2M
Glass – Universal – $6.4M
Prodigy, The – Orion Pictures – $6.0M
Green Book – Universal – $3.6M
Aquaman – Warner Bros. – $3.3M
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – Sony – $3.0M
Miss Bala – Sony – $2.7M
Dog’s Way Home, A – Sony – $1.9M
They Shall Not Grow Old – Warner Bros. – $1.7M